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Nancy Wachowich
Copyright Date: 1999
Pages: 368
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    A grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter take us on a remarkable journey in which the cycles of life - childhood, adolescence, marriage, birthing and child rearing - are presented against the contrasting experiences of three successive generations. Their memories and reflections give us poignant insight into the history of the people of the new territory of Nunavut.

    eISBN: 978-0-7735-6801-3
    Subjects: History
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  1. Front Matter (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents (pp. vii-viii)
  3. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (pp. ix-x)
  4. INTRODUCTION: The Life History Project (pp. 3-12)
    Nancy Wachowich

    “Saqiyuq,” Rhoda Katsak explains, is a North Baffin Inuktitut word for a wind that whips across the land or ice, changing directions but maintaining its speed. This book is a collection of stories from three Inuit women’s lives; together, the stories offer one family’s experience of almost a century of shifting winds in the Eastern High Arctic. The Inuit have developed and pursued cultural practices that ensured their survival in a difficult, often erratic Arctic environment. Most recently Inuit culture has met with globalization and the forces of modernity; snowmobiles, televisions, video games, and teen dances now assume their place...

  5. PART ONE: Apphia Agalakti Siqpaapik Awa (pp. 13-140)

    When I first met Apphia in the summer of 1991 she was sixty years old. I arrived at her house, with Rhoda’s sister-in-law Rosie Katsak working as my interpreter, to ask her a series of questions related to my Master’s research. While Apphia’s health improved considerably between the day of my first meeting with her and the start of our life history project in 1993, I entered her house on that day to the sound of her wheezing and coughing. She was sitting on the edge of a flowered couch with a box of Kleenex beside her, mending a sealskin...

  6. [Illustrations] (pp. 141-148)
  7. PART TWO: Rhoda Kaukjak Katsak (pp. 149-200)

    Rhoda Katsak is Apphia’s sixth child and third daughter. She was born on 18 April 1957, when Apphia was twenty-six years old. At the time that we recorded her life history Rhoda was thirty-six. Born in a spring camp outside Igloolik, she was named Kaukjak after her mother’s maternal grandmother and Palluq after her father’s step-grandfather who was his guardian as a child. Rhoda spent the first part of her life living on the land, hunting and travelling with her family. At the age of eight and not speaking any English, she was forced to leave her parents and her...

  8. [Illustrations] (pp. 201-208)
  9. PART THREE: Sandra Pikujak Katsak (pp. 209-256)

    Sandra is the oldest of Rhoda’s six children. She was born on 20 July 1973 at Iqaluit’s Baffin Regional Hospital, when her mother was sixteen. She has lived her entire life in the settlement. As one of the oldest grandchildren in the settlement on both sides of the family, she was partially raised by her father’s mother, Angutainuk Katsak, and feels close to both sets of grandparents. Sandra attended school in Pond Inlet beginning in kindergarten and skipped several grades during her elementary years. She remained in Grade Nine for three years between 1986 and 1989 and then continued with...

  10. POSTSCRIPT (pp. 257-258)

    These life histories crystallize a historical moment in the Awas’ and Katsaks’ family history. Since 1993 Apphia has died; Rhoda and her father, Awa, have become increasingly active in the Anglican church in Pond Inlet; Sandra has married, taken a job as a legal assistant in Pond Inlet, and had a daughter, Carlene Apphia Agalakti Omik, named after her grandmother....

  11. Note about the Spelling (pp. 259-260)
  12. List of People Mentioned in the Stories (pp. 261-262)
  13. Significant Dates in Eastern High Arctic and Awa Family History (pp. 263-266)
  14. An Overview of Iglulingmiut and Mittimatalingmiut Culture and History (pp. 267-272)
  15. List of Stories (pp. 273-276)
  16. Suggested Readings (pp. 277-280)
  17. Glossary of Inuktitut Terms (pp. 281-282)
  18. NOTES (pp. 283-290)
  19. BIBLIOGRAPHY (pp. 291-296)
  20. INDEX (pp. 297-302)
  21. Back Matter (pp. 303-305)